Customs seized SEVEN MILLION contraband cigarettes with an estimated street value of €3 million following a surveillance operation.
The cigarettes, which are believed to be counterfeit, were hidden in a 40ft container that arrived at Dublin Port from China via Rotterdam. The contents of the container were described as “ceramic tiles”.
The operation, codenamed “Operation Marble” and spanning several days, resulted in the seizure of “Benson & Hedges” cigarettes and an articulated truck in Co Louth.
Officers then carried out follow-up searches under warrant on two private premises in Co. Donegal earlier today.
Several people in Co Donegal and Co Louth have been interviewed. Investigations are ongoing both in the State and abroad, according to Customs.